Wednesday, August 1, 2012
A position of strength or ability to do something does not give anyone the right to do it. Whatever one does invites others to do likewise. What you send out comes back to you. These are all platitudes but they are nevertheless true principles. If we as a nation are to have moral character, we must always attempt to educate, negotiate and discourage evil actions by other nations. If those efforts fail and the nation takes an action that demands response, we should respond with full purpose and effectiveness to the extent that action demands.If we act first, regardless of the bluster or threatening of the other, we become the terrorist, the aggressor or the immoral force.
It is similar to the grouchy old man that moves into the neighborhood who says that all children should be boiled in oil and eaten for breakfast. It is appropriate to explain to him that he is causing fear and trouble and that, if something happened to a child, he is setting himself up to be the prime suspect and may be held responsible even if he didn't do it. However, burning his house down just because he is a grouchy old man makes us, not him, the evil one.